Elk River Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org en Utility Opposes $2.9 Million Deal in Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Case http://wvpublic.org/post/utility-opposes-29-million-deal-freedom-industries-bankruptcy-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January.</p><p>West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn't use money from its insurance proceeds to pay for the projects. The company filed its opposition last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston.</p><p>Freedom's spill in January spurred a tap-water ban for days. The company filed for bankruptcy eight days later.</p><p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:43:17 +0000 Associated Press 17935 at http://wvpublic.org Utility Opposes $2.9 Million Deal in Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Case Groups Working with Governor, DEP to Avoid Special Session on Tank Bill http://wvpublic.org/post/groups-working-governor-dep-avoid-special-session-tank-bill <p>Stakeholders met with the governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection Friday to discuss possibly calling the legislature into a special session. The session would be focused on fixing some unintended consequences both Senate and House leadership see in the above ground storage tank bill passed earlier this year.</p><p></p><p>Friday’s meeting was the second this week focused on Senate Bill 373, legislation that came as a response to January’s chemical spill in Charleston. The spill contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for as many as ten days.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:31 +0000 Ashton Marra 17811 at http://wvpublic.org Groups Working with Governor, DEP to Avoid Special Session on Tank Bill Kessler Appoints Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief to Water System Panel http://wvpublic.org/post/kessler-appoints-kanawha-charleston-health-department-chief-water-system-panel <p></p><p>Senate President Jeff Kessler has announced his appointment to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia.</p><p>Kessler announced in a press release the appointment of Kanawha- Charleston Health Department Executive Director Dr. Rahul Gupta to the panel. Gupta will serve as a non-voting member.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:40:33 +0000 Ashton Marra 17802 at http://wvpublic.org Kessler Appoints Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief to Water System Panel Freedom Industries Eyes Voluntary Cleanup Program http://wvpublic.org/post/freedom-industries-eyes-voluntary-cleanup-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Freedom Industries is considering trying to enter a state program to help ease cleanup at the site where a chemical spill polluted the Charleston area's water supply.</p><p>The company and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection met last week to discuss whether the site is eligible for the agency's Voluntary Remediation Program.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1lktVkn">The Charleston Gazette reports&nbsp;</a>that the move that could result in Freedom having to meet less-stringent contamination standards than under existing enforcement orders.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:55 +0000 Associated Press 17786 at http://wvpublic.org Freedom Industries Eyes Voluntary Cleanup Program House, Senate Leaders Urge Delay in West Virginia Tank Law http://wvpublic.org/post/house-senate-leaders-urge-delay-west-virginia-tank-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State House and Senate leaders are urging the governor to call a special session to delay part of an aboveground storage tank law.</p><p>House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler asked Gov.&nbsp; Tomblin to call the session during next month's interim meetings. They're slated for Sept. 8-10.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:26:39 +0000 Associated Press 17727 at http://wvpublic.org House, Senate Leaders Urge Delay in West Virginia Tank Law W.Va. PSC Chair Steps Down from Chemical Spill Probe http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-psc-chair-steps-down-chemical-spill-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tLChSm">The Charleston Gazette&nbsp;reports </a>PSC Chairman Mike Albert cited his previous work as an attorney representing West Virginia American Water in stepping down from the spill investigation.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:36:52 +0000 Associated Press 17725 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. PSC Chair Steps Down from Chemical Spill Probe West Virginia to Study Elk River Fish Life After Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-study-elk-river-fish-life-after-chemical-spill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state will survey fish life in the Elk River after a massive chemical spill polluted the waterway in January.</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey's National Fish Health Laboratory in Leetown will aid the state Division of Natural Resources in the project next week.</p><p>The Freedom Industries spill contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people for days.</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:18:20 +0000 Associated Press 17477 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia to Study Elk River Fish Life After Chemical Spill Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuits Dismissed http://wvpublic.org/post/airport-chemical-company-want-spill-lawsuits-dismissed <p>An airport and a chemical producer want claims dismissed in a lawsuit partly targeting them over a January chemical spill.</p><p></p><p>In U.S. District Court in Charleston, Yeager Airport filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss claims in the wide-spanning lawsuit. Plaintiffs say the Charleston airport's now-complete runway project contributed to the spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:39:23 +0000 Associated Press 17414 at http://wvpublic.org Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuits Dismissed CDC: W.Va. Bureau for Public Health Was Untrained for Freedom Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/cdc-wva-bureau-public-health-was-untrained-freedom-chemical-spill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal report says West Virginia public health officials weren't trained to respond to a January chemical spill along the Elk River.</span></p><p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state Bureau for Public Health had no epidemiologists trained specifically to deal with chemical or natural disasters. Instead, those who focus on infectious diseases led the bureau's response to the spill Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:03:22 +0000 Associated Press 17297 at http://wvpublic.org CDC: W.Va. Bureau for Public Health Was Untrained for Freedom Chemical Spill PSC Wants Shielded Info in West Virginia American Water Probe http://wvpublic.org/post/psc-wants-shielded-info-west-virginia-american-water-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia regulators say they may consider information potentially protected by federal laws in their investigation into January’s chemical spill. The investigation focuses on West Virginia American Water’s response to the incident.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At Monday's state Public Service Commission meeting, Chairman Michael Albert said documents and emergency plans protected by anti-terrorism laws could be deemed essential and considered.</div><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:06:38 +0000 Associated Press 17240 at http://wvpublic.org PSC Wants Shielded Info in West Virginia American Water Probe Tank Registration Deadline Looming http://wvpublic.org/post/tank-registration-deadline-looming <p>West Virginia officials are reminding tank owners to register their aboveground storage tanks with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.</p><p></p><p>Tank registration is required by Oct. 1.</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:24:34 +0000 Associated Press 16863 at http://wvpublic.org Tank Registration Deadline Looming Claims Growing Against Fizzled W.Va. Spill Company http://wvpublic.org/post/claims-growing-against-fizzled-wva-spill-company <p>Thousands of agencies, businesses and people are trying to squeeze millions of dollars out of the bankrupt company behind West Virginia's chemical spill in January.</p><p></p><p>Case claims agent James Lane says Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to request money in bankruptcy claims over the spill. The total sought has topped $170 million and is growing.</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:14:09 +0000 Associated Press 16856 at http://wvpublic.org Claims Growing Against Fizzled W.Va. Spill Company Feds Describe New W.Va. Chemical Spill Studies http://wvpublic.org/post/feds-describe-new-wva-chemical-spill-studies <p>Federal health officials are outlining new studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply.</p><p></p><p>The National Toxicology Program said in a Thursday memo that potential pregnancy and liver complications are among study topics.</p><p></p><p>One study will see if pregnant rats exposed to <st1:stockticker>MCHM</st1:stockticker> show birth defects or health issues in their offspring.</p><p></p><p>Another will see how the chemicals affect zebrafish and roundworms over their entire lifespans.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:59:59 +0000 Associated Press 16727 at http://wvpublic.org Feds Describe New W.Va. Chemical Spill Studies Utility: Chemical Spill Cost $11 Million in Profits http://wvpublic.org/post/utility-chemical-spill-cost-11-million-profits <p>A West Virginia water supplier has taken an $11 million hit to address a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's tap water.</p><p></p><p>Quarterly filings show that the spill cost American Water $10.9 million in income. The company says the second quarter impact was $5 million.</p><p></p><p>State affiliate West Virginia American Water is seeking three bankruptcy claims from Freedom Industries, the company that spilled chemicals. One is a $1.1 million request to cover the filters the water company replaced.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:57:22 +0000 Associated Press 16726 at http://wvpublic.org Utility: Chemical Spill Cost $11 Million in Profits West Virginia Seeks $1.8 Million from Freedom Industries http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-seeks-18-million-freedom-industries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.</p><p>Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston.</p><p>The claim against Freedom Industries covers multiple agencies' spill response efforts, including personnel costs, clean water supplies, research and testing.</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:33:28 +0000 Associated Press 16693 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia Seeks $1.8 Million from Freedom Industries Federal Judge Sets Trial in Landfill Suit http://wvpublic.org/post/federal-judge-sets-trial-landfill-suit <div>A federal judge has set a June 2015 trial date for a lawsuit filed against a Hurricane landfill that accepted wastewater from Freedom Industries in the wake of the January chemical leak.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission filed a lawsuit in May asking that Waste Management of West Virginia be required to remove the wastewater mixed with sawdust from its landfill.</span></div><div> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:21:47 +0000 Associated Press 16490 at http://wvpublic.org Federal Judge Sets Trial in Landfill Suit Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/deadline-approaches-claims-wva-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston to file claims in federal bankruptcy court.</p><p>Claims against Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill, must be filed by Friday. Forms can be obtained and completed on the court's website.</p><p>According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston, roughly 850 claims were on the register as of Wednesday morning. The total amount listed for those claims is more than $21 million.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:22:37 +0000 Dave Mistich & Associated Press 16251 at http://wvpublic.org Deadline Approaches for Claims in W.Va. Chemical Spill The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 http://wvpublic.org/post/final-moments-freedom-industries-tank-396 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The storage tank&nbsp;that was the source of a&nbsp;chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 West Virginians on January 9 has been demolished. Tank 396, which housed the coal-scrubbing compound MCHM, was demolished Tuesday afternoon.&nbsp;</span>Contractors <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-video-demolition-freedom-industries-site-begins">began demolition of the tank farm</a> on July 15.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:49:22 +0000 Dave Mistich 16224 at http://wvpublic.org The Final Moments of Freedom Industries' Tank 396 Speaker to Governor: Spill Law Should Exempt Small Oil, Gas http://wvpublic.org/post/speaker-governor-spill-law-should-exempt-small-oil-gas <p>West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley wants Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to limit regulation on small oil and gas operators in a law responding to a January chemical spill.</p><p>In a July 9 letter, Miley said small, non-Marcellus Shale wells are in "survival mode" and should be exempt from new aboveground tank inspections and registrations.</p><p>He says inspections could cost $2,000 per well annually.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:11:11 +0000 Associated Press 16200 at http://wvpublic.org Speaker to Governor: Spill Law Should Exempt Small Oil, Gas Secondary Intake Proposal Calls for Mountaintop Lake in Charleston http://wvpublic.org/post/secondary-intake-proposal-calls-mountaintop-lake-charleston <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two men have submitted a proposal calling for a mountaintop lake in Charleston that would serve as a backup drinking water source.</p><p>The proposal by Fred Stottlemyer and Joe Mullins seeks construction of an earthen dam to create an 800 million-gallon lake at Coonskin Park.</p><p>Stottlemyer is former public service district general manager. Mullins was an urban planner in the governor's office in the 1960s.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:32:34 +0000 Associated Press 16179 at http://wvpublic.org Secondary Intake Proposal Calls for Mountaintop Lake in Charleston